FAA certification board to call the S-92 the "safest helicopter in the world" Operated by Bristow Helicopters and based at Aberdeen Dyce, in support of Off-Shore Oil Work Role Medium-lift transport/utility helicopter National origin United States Manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft First flight December 23, 1998 Introduction 2004 Status In service Primary users CHC Helicopter Bristow Helicopters Cougar Helicopters Produced 1998-present Number built 219 in January 2014 Unit cost US$32 million Developed from Sikorsky S-70 Variants Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone S-92A The S-92A is the civilian variant and is available in a number of versions. The civil transport version has an airliner-type interior which seats 19 passengers. The utility transport version has 22 side-facing seats with a full cabin width rear ramp. The 733 ft interior cabin area can also be configured to accommodate up to three airline-style LD3 cargo containers. Additional stowage space is available in the 140 ft area located in the aft ramp compartment. During development it was referred to as the S-92C Helibus.